Recently I gave a presentation at EC-TEL’06, the first european conference on Technology Enhanced Learning. I was able to start some interesting conversations on the role of structures, networks, decentralization, innovation and learning related to TEL. Earlier on the morning Scott Wilson underlined similar issues in his presentation, pointing out that we create all kinds of systems (LMS, Scorm, ePortofolios…) for those who we educate and yet we still don’t use any of that stuff for our personal learning as a research & toolmaking community (this was demonstrated with a quick hands-up questionaire for the audience).
My talk is a remix of my previous talk at EU eLearning conference, with some additional ideas and a bit different perspective that occured to me during the conference. I was a bit worried that we look too much into efficiency in relation to TEL, while we should also take innovation, learning and constant change into account, that require very different approaches to how the knowledge working environment is designed. I wanted to underline that black and white thinking is dangerous and we need to syntesize both sides of the coin.
The nice fellow who introduces me in the beginning is Dr. Volker Zimmermann.